Smart Grid: Transforming the Electricity System to Meet Future Demand and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Source: Cisco Systems
Rising fuel costs, underinvestment in an aging infrastructure, and climate change are all converging to create a turbulent period for the electrical power-generation industry. To make matters worse, demand for electricity is forecast to exceed known committed generation capacity in many areas across the United States. And, as utility companies prepare to meet growing demand, greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation may soon surpass those from all other energy sources. A Smart Grid can reduce the amount of electricity consumed by homes and buildings, and accelerate the adoption of distributed, renewable energy sources - all while improving the reliability, security, and useful life of electrical infrastructure.